Click on the blue marker in the above Google map, then scan the data matrix using your N95, N93, N80, or N73.
What you will download is a landmark file (lmx file). LMX files are small, simple XML documents, but on S60 3rd edition devices they are automatically read as geographic information that can be saved to your device and then shown on a map. This mapping software is built in to the N95, but any S60 3rd edition devices can download the beta for free from smart2go.
There’s a lot of possibility here for what you could do, but the data matrix example shows how easily you could display information on the web and then download it directly to your device. Next, I’m going to see if I can get this working entirely within the mobile browser.
UPDATE: mobile browsers can just download the LMX file
Over the weekend I was able to play around with the new Nokia N95 and the results were pretty cool (except that the battery crapped out before I could finish).
For those not interested in the geek bits, here’s the end result.
For those interested in the geek bits, here’s what happened.
- I walked around the park. Whenever I saw something interesting I would take a picture using the Nokia N95.
- Once the picture was taken, then the picture would automatically get uploaded to Flickr using Shozu.
- I was using Shozu because it’s the only program that allows your photos to be geotagged directly in the N95 (it’s not supported natively in the S60 software).
- Once uploaded to Flickr (which happened in the background while I was walking), then I was able to put all the pictures in a set.
- Flickr then provides a visual interface to display all of the results on a map.
Overall, it was pretty simple to use. Some features that I’d like to try and develop (or have someone else develop) are:
- the ability to have Shozu/N95 automatically upload to a specific Flickr set
- the ability to plot the N95′s “Trip Distance” on a map as well. This way it would show the exact route that you took on a map in addition to where you took pictures.
- the ability to embed these maps directly on my blog (I know there’s a mashup solution using Google maps and the Flickr API (details here) but I’d like to extend this using sets and not just a general Flickr feed. Maybe I can integrate Flickr set RSS feeds with Google Maps
Anyway, check it out. Curious to hear your feedback.